Students interviewing residents in a flooding-vulnerable settlement. Portoviejo, Ecuador.

DRE_Lab research is integrated with an educational program (graduate seminar and studio courses) that embeds students in transdisciplinary and peer-to-peer learning environments that prepare them to understand and communicate urban transformation – policy interactions in public ways. Results include architecture, urban design, and planning proposals, reports, digital models, geospatial data, and numerical datasets.

Design with Resilient Environments Seminar

Instructor Kristine Stiphany

How we conceptualize resilience in the world is marked by a paradox: expectations that marginalized communities recover from threats depends on infrastructure many do not have.  This course looks at the power and politics of how some communities construct resilience by building their own infrastructures when urban areas are under stress and where marginalized communities experience a panorama of risks.  Depending on the semester, students learn to conduct case-based research, use digital tools to simulate future-focused infrastructure scenarios, and to create blog-based field tutorials for communicating citizen science to wide audiences and solving complex problems.

University at Buffalo / SUNY students pinning up for their final review. Fall 2022.

Latin American Housing Studio Series

Instructor Kristine Stiphany

Research Assistant Thaís Marcussi

Institutional Collaborators Eduardo Gurian (Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie / São Paulo); Christine van Sluys (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador / Quito); Patty Olmedo (Universidad San Gregorio de Portoviejo).

Collaborative workshop between TTU and Mackenzie students. Spring 2018.